Today Magazine Winter 2020 - Page 16

[Ac]Count Your Blessings By: Meghan Orsino As a new graduate, you’re always told that you shouldn’t expect to land your dream job right out of college. But for Regina O’Keefe, CPA, CVA '87, she was an exception. “Yes, I have had one job for 32 years.” said Regina. And, yes, it was her first job out of college. When Regina graduated magna cum laude from the then Gwynedd-Mercy College in 1987, she was looking for the same small, close-knit feel that she had in college. She was drawn to GMercyU by the warm and welcoming people she met, and was looking for that same feeling for her career. After interviewing with several local public accounting firms, she came across Gable, Peritz, Mishkin. “After interviewing, I knew it was the right firm for me,” recalls Regina. “I prayed for an employment offer.” And her prayers were answered. Regina enthusiastically accepted the job offer and found a second home at the small public accounting firm located in Spring House, Pa. For 13 years, Regina put her skills and work ethic to the test and made a name for herself within the company and with clients. In 2000, she became the first woman partner at the firm. Fast forward another 17 years to 2017, when Gable, Peritz, Mishkin merged with Herbein + Company, Inc., and Regina continued her path as a leader. To this day, you can find Regina working at Herbein + Company’s Spring House office, where she utilizes her 30+ years of experience encompassing many facets of accounting, including tax planning, consulting, business development, and more. In fact, Regina’s expertise has contributed to Herbein + Company’s 14 TODAY distinction of “Best of Accounting - Client Satisfaction” award from ClearlyRated for each of the past three years for their commitment to providing remarkable service to their clients. graduates, one in particular, who has been with us 21 years,” Regina said. “With no trace of bias, I can honestly say that the students from GMercyU are the most prepared and impressive.” To get to where she is today, Regina thinks back to where it all started: GMercyU. Regina continues to leave a lasting impact on GMercyU students in other ways, as well. She was invited to be a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the GMercyU’s School of Business, where she meets with Dean Heather Pfleger and other members to discuss various topics from enrollment to curriculum and more. Additionally, she has served as a judge at the annual Dual Enrollment Competition organized by GMercyU’s School of Business and Education, which is a case study competition where students from area high schools that partner with GMercyU develop a solution to an assigned case and present their findings before a panel of judges. “The Accounting program was excellent and prepared me to launch my career in public accounting,” said Regina. “My days while attending Gwynedd Mercy University were some of the happiest. I am so proud and happy to continue to be a part of the University today.” In fact, when she graduated, Regina was awarded the PICPA Award for Excellence in Accounting Studies. She would later be invited back to campus as the keynote speaker for GMercyU’s 2015 Honors Convocation, where she spoke on behalf of the National Business Honor Society, Sigma Beta Delta, and was inducted as an honorary member of the organization. Her connection to GMercyU didn’t stop when she graduated. Over the years, Regina has embraced the role of recruiting interns and staff for Herbein + Company, which has given her the opportunity to open the door for new GMercyU graduates and interns. With the help of GMercyU’s Accounting Professor, Carlo Silvesti, Regina has been filling her firm with Griffins. “I am very proud to say that five of our accounting staff are GMercyU To honor Regina for her contributions to both her career and the GMercyU community, she was recognized in 2013 as a Distinguished Alumni award recipient. “Words cannot express the honor I felt to be chosen as a Distinguished Alumni in 2013. The evening is embedded in my mind and something I will never forget,” Regina said. For Regina, her belief in herself, coupled with her dedicated work ethic, has led her to the place she’s always wanted to be with so many blessings to account for along the way.